Los Angeles-based Riot Games employees are preparing for a walkout this afternoon in protest of the company’s stance on forced arbitration in what appears to be the first walkout at a major gaming studio.
Since late last year, five current and former Riot Games employees have filed lawsuits against the League of Legends publisher alleging, among other things, that Riot violated the California Equal Pay Act.
In late April, Riot filed a motion to block two of those lawsuits, filed by current employees, from being brought in front of a jury.
After news of the motion broke, some Riot employees channeled their anger into organizing a walkout.
In an email, a Riot representative told Kotaku that the company is supporting employees walking out today.
The workers participating in the walkout at Riot today are evoking and building on a deep legacy of worker democracy and power in the tech industries.”
Riot employees in Dublin will be hosting their own walkout on Tuesday in solidarity. »